Air Force Sports Camps

Air Force Academy

USAFA, CO 80840


Be confident that your decision to take this opportunity to learn and develop your wrestling skills and abilities will expose you to top level wrestling technique, strategies and tactics. As you know, wrestling is a very physical and emotional sport that challenges your strength, speed, skill, stamina, agility and of course mental toughness. Wrestling teaches individuals a great deal about themselves; in fact, it has been said that many life's lessons are learned in a wrestling room!

Our camp is a proven resource to help develop competitors in each area mentioned above. The training regimen campers will follow on a daily basis has been developed under our coaching staff's leadership and guidance. AFA wrestling has implemented a wrestling system from the ground up and our coaching staff will offer campers the opportunity to study the combative and systematic style of wrestling used by our AFA athletes. All sessions are held in the newly renovated wrestling facility, home to the AFA Wrestling team.

The staff, including our featured guest clinicians and AFA Cadet counselors, will guide each camper towards mastering the skills we teach as well as help them grow with our off the mat "Character and Integrity" training sessions. The camp's outstanding staff, staff to student ratios, and access to all of the academy's outstanding athletic facilities makes the AFA Wrestling Camp an obvious choice for parents and wrestlers alike. This year's camp staff will consist of state champions, Asics All-Americans, Junior National Champions, NCAA Champions and All-Americans, World and Olympic Team Members.
Session 1- Sample Daily Schedule "Spec Ops Camp"
6:10am-6:30am Spec Ops Training/Physical Training
7:00am-8:00am Breakfast
10:00am-12:15pm Technique Session
12:30pm-1:15pm Lunch
3:00pm-5:00pm Live Wrestling
5:30pm-6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm-8:30pm Personal Leadership 101
9:00pm-10:00pm Free time/Lights out
Session 2 - Sample Daily Schedule
8:30am-10:30am Technique (Sessions taught progressively)
10:45am-12:15pm Cross Training (Stanley Canyon, Aquatics, OTC)
12:30pm-1:15pm Lunch
1:45pm-3:45pm Technique (Sessions taught progressively)
3:45pm-4:15pm Daily Review / Questions and Answers session
4:15pm-4:30pm Commuter parents meet their athlete at the Field House or at the Wrestling Room
4:15pm-4:30pm Resident campers escorted to dormitory for evening meal and evening activity.

About Our Coaches

Sam Barber

Sam Barber enters his fifth season at the helm of the Air Force wrestling program and his fourth season in the Big 12 wrestling conference. Barber has coached 16 national qualifiers at USAFA while also making his mark as a recruiter, rounding up some of the nation’s top recruits to build the program’s third top-25 recruiting class in four yeards according to W.I.N Magazine’s early-season recruiting rankings in 2017-18. In 2015 Barber led the Falcons to an All-Academy Championship title for the first time in 12 years and the fifth time in program history.

Barber spent five years as a full-time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Falcons after serving as a volunteer assistant during the 2008-09 season. With more than 21 years of coaching experience, Barber’s resume also includes a pair of head coaching stints, as well as 12 years coaching at the international level. He served as the head coach at his alma mater, Upper Iowa, and at perennial DIII powerhouse Augsburg College (Minn.).

During his tenure at Augsburg, the Auggies never finished below third place at the NCAA Division III championships, winning national titles in 2002, 2005 and 2007. In 2006, Barber was named the Division III Co-National Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Additionally, he coached 16 national champions and 60 All-Americans prior to coaching at Air Force, including a spectacular 2005 season in which 10 Augsburg wrestlers earned All-America honors on their path to the national championship.

Barber’s resume extends to the international stage where he was the head coach of the 2015 Junior Pan American Greco team, which finished second in competition. In 2012 he coached the FILA Cadet Pan American Freestyle team and the 2013 FILA Junior Pan American Freestyle team, which both captured gold medals; testament to his coaching ability across the wrestling arts. Barber is also responsible for coaching Jesus Wilson, who placed second in the 1999 World Team Trials.

Barber arrived at the Academy after working with USA Wrestling as the manager of the National Coaches Education Program. Prior to that, he spent seven years with the wrestling program at Augsburg College, spending four seasons as the head assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2005 and taking over the reins as head coach in 2007.

A 1995 graduate of Upper Iowa University, Barber served as the head assistant coach at his alma mater from 1995-99 before being named the head coach in 1999. Barber also spent the 2000-01 season as a graduate assistant coach at Minnesota State-Mankato, where he earned his master’s degree in educational leadership and experiential education in 2004. While there, Barber helped lead the Mavericks to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships in 2001.

Camp Details

Session  1 Details: Spec Ops - High Intensity Training and Conditioning Camp

"Spec Ops" is the elite operations unit within the United States Air Force.   These men are specially trained to handle situations that most others would shy away from.   They are always ready to answer the call of duty.   This is the attitude in which we base our 2019 summer "Spec Ops" training camp.   This camp will offer a chance for wrestlers to challenge themselves on the wrestling mat, and off of it as well.   We will train in the perfect environment, at the base of the Rocky Mountains. You can expect to learn valuable wrestling technique from the nation's best coaches and wrestlers. You will be pushed physically during morning Spec Ops style training run by current and former Air For Special Operations. You will test yourself in live wrestling with your peers. Lastly, you will gain knowledge in the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do during the Personal Leadership 101 classes.

The camp will have three training sessions a day except for Friday. Friday is a half day with the camp completion recognition program beginning at approximately 10:30am in the wrestling room. The campers will be free to leave immediately following the ceremony. A typical day in the Spec Ops camp is listed below:

The emphasis of the Session 1-Spec Ops  camp is on total development of the student-athlete. Campers are expected to come to this camp in shape and ready to work hard! This camp is not designed for beginner or novice wrestlers. Three or more years of wrestling experience highly encouraged for attendance.   Please note that we will not know the size and experience level of campers until the camp begins, this is important information to consider for heavyweights and light weight wrestlers under 100 lbs.

Session 2: Technique Camp

During the AFA Wrestling Technique camp, you will learn from soe of the best mind in wrestling! This camp will focus on the breakdown of winning techniques taught by NCAA All-Americans, Olympic level coaches and AFA Cadets